The Group’s social responsibility initiatives have evolved with the times. This section shows our major CSR milestones and their impacts to date.
Impacts of Key Initiatives
66.5 million badges
“Yellow Badge Donation” program (Since 1965)
Each year Sompo Japan donates Yellow Badges that come with traffic accident insurance to students entering their first grade of elementary school in Japan. Until April 2019, a total of 66.5 million students have received the badges.
5.93 million visitors
Sompo Museum of Art (Since 1976)
The art museum, which exhibits Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” as well as paintings by a number of post-impressionists such as Gauguin and Cezanne, and works by Seiji Togo and Grandma Moses received 5.93 million visitors in total by March 2019.
1.9 billion yen
Financial support for welfare Civil societies (Since 1977)
Sompo Welfare Foundation provides financial support for civil societies and other organizations engaged in social welfare activities. By the end of fiscal 2018, the foundation offered a total of 2,957 grants, which sum up to 1.9 billion yen.
192 million yen
Scholarship Funding for Long-term Care Workers in Training (Since 1992)
To promote the development of care workers, the Sompo Welfare Foundation provides scholarships for students in training to become long-term care workers. As of the end of fiscal 2018, the Foundation had paid a total of 192 million yen in funding for 278 students.
Public Seminars on the Environment (Since 1993)
As of the end of fiscal 2018, 21,791 people had participated in these environmental seminars, jointly held by the Japan Environmental Education Forum (JEEF), the Sompo Environment Foundation, and Sompo Japan.
24.5 billion yen
Sompo Japan Green Open (Eco fund) (Since 1999)
Sompo Asset Management’s “Sompo Japan Green Open” invests in environmentally friendly Japanese companies whose stocks are expected to be profitable. As of the end of March 2019, 24.5 billion yen were under management by the fund.
CSO Learning Scholarship Program (Since 2000)
As of the end of fiscal 2018, a total of 1,069 university undergraduate and graduate students had participated in this internship program organized by the Sompo Environment Foundation and were provided with work experience at environmental organizations.
54.7 million policies
Web-based automobile insurance policy (Since 2009)
An option for policyholders to access their policy via the web was introduced in order to increase customer convenience and reduce our environmental footprint. The option was also introduced for fire insurance policyholders from October 2015. More than 54.7 million customers have chosen web-based policies, forgoing the conventional paper-based format.
The Great East Japan Earthquake—continuous support for recovery (2011)
More than 3,000 employees were sent to the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake to facilitate prompt insurance payments. We are also providing continuous support through our core business and other activities to meet the evolving needs of disaster-hit areas.
SAVE JAPAN Project (Since 2011)
From 2011 to the end of March 2019, 42,833 people participated in 808 events of the SAVE JAPAN Project, a community-based biodiversity conservation program implemented in all over Japan in collaboration with environmental and civil society groups.
Sompo Holdings Volunteer Days (Since 2011)
The Group organizes the Sompo Holdings Volunteer Days every year to raise Group employees’ interest in making social contributions and to continue efforts to support the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Since the first year, a cumulative 78,285 Group employees in Japan and overseas have engaged in volunteer activities such as environmental conservation and social welfare.
Over 30,000 participants
Road safety project in Indonesia (Since 2014)
Sompo Japan and PT Sompo Insurance Indonesia have teamed up with Save the Children Japan, an international civil society that promotes children’s rights, to launch a road safety project in Bandung, West Java. Activities include safety education for primary and middle school children, traffic safety improvements near schools in collaboration with local governments, and general awareness-raising about road safety for children. To date there have been more than 30,000 participants.
Over 39,000 participants
Bosai JAPAN-DA Project (Since 2014)
We have teamed up with the Yumemi Trunk Puppet Theater Troupe and the NPO Plus Arts to offer puppet shows and experience-based workshops to teach children – society’s future leaders – and their parents how to protect themselves and others in emergency situations. As of the end of March 2019, more than 39,000 people had participated in a total of 255 events nationwide.
Caravan-Mate Training for Dementia Supporters (Since 2016)
Our Group provides internal Caravan-Mates training to effectively train dementia supporters who have appropriate knowledge of the disease, and watch out for and support patients and their families. Once trained, Caravan-Mates go on to provide training for dementia supporters in various workplaces. Through this initiative, we strive to be more considerable when engaging with the elderly and those suffering from dementia.
As of the end of March 2019, the total number of dementia supporters and Caravan-Mates among Group employees and agency employees had reached 14,404.